The RedMagic 5G is the next evolution in RedMagic's acclaimed series of gaming smartphones. It's a sizable advancement over the already excellent RedMagic 3S, offering an all-round high-end experience that aims to be an essential purchase for all serious mobile gamers.

It's a high-powered beast with a lot going on, so we've split all that it has to offer into helpful chunks to give you a clearer idea of whether it might be the gaming phone for you.

Design and display

The RedMagic 5G's 6.65-inch Esports AMOLED display is stunning, delivering vibrant colours and a consistently stellar visual experience. This ultra-smooth display is perfect for action-packed titles, like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile. Its industry-leading 144Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate greatly enhance the fluidity of gameplay and give you a sizable edge in games where rapid reaction times are a must.

It comes in 3 unique colour designs: Pulse (12GB RAM, 256GB ROM), Hot Rod Red (8GB RAM, 128GB ROM), and Eclipse Black (8GB RAM, 128GB ROM).

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Gaming performance

The RedMagic 5G delivers an incredible new level of speed thanks to its pairing of LPDDR5 (the latest in RAM tech) and cutting-edge UFS 3.0 mobile storage. It's around 1.5 times faster than its predecessor, LPDDR4X.

It comes packing the Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 865, which offers PC-level gaming performance on the go. Its KryoTM 585 CPU and AdrenoTM 650 GPU are at the cutting-edge of mobile gaming tech.

The built-in Pro Triggers can be mapped to any on-screen buttons, opening up all manner of creative control schemes and tweaks. Twitch shooters such as COD Mobile are best played using the triggers, as they give you far more control over each individual shot, ultimately increasing your accuracy in battle.

Battery and cooling system

The 5G rocks a 4,500mAh battery, which is made even better by its quick-charge capabilities. It can go from 0 to 100% in 40 minutes, meaning longer play sessions aren't going to be a problem.

Its cooling system is inspired by top-of-the-line gaming PCs, combining an advanced liquid-cooling system with a turbo fan. This is one of the most efficient cooling systems yet seen in a gaming phone, keeping the 5G up to 2x cooler than the earlier 3S.

Sound

The device's 7.1-channel surround sound and 4D shock force feedback are perfect for players who want a fully immersive experience. This high-end level of sound quality is ideal for multiplayer games where you need to pinpoint your enemy's position.

Camera

Its triple camera set-up works well for live chats, streaming, and day-to-day use in all conditions. It offers a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide, a 2MP macro zoom, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

5G capability

With the RedMagic 5G, you can expect download speeds of up to 7.5 Gbps and upload speeds of up to 3.0 Gbps. This makes streaming, downloading/uploading high-quality video, or playing the most expansive games online as easy as can be.

Game Space

Game Space acts as a gaming hub of sorts, bringing your games together and allowing you to tweak and optimise the device to your liking. It can also be used to record and edit together your gameplay, which can then be shared with ease.

Specs at a glance

  • 6.65-inch AMOLED Esports Display
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 865
  • Up to 12GB RAM and 256GB ROM
  • 5G capability
  • Active liquid-cooling with turbo fan 3.0
  • Built-in Pro Trigger shoulder buttons
  • 64MP Sony triple camera
  • 4,500mAh battery with up to 55W quick charge